A humorous, intentionally morphologically opaque neologism coined by television writer David X. Cohen for The Simpsons episode “Lisa the Iconoclast” in 1996.
cromulent (comparative more cromulent, superlative most cromulent)
- (humorous) Fine, acceptable or correct; seamless, relevant, legitimate or authentic; the opposite of anomalous.
1996 February 18, Matt Groening et al., “Lisa the Iconoclast”, in The Simpsons, season 7, episode 16:
- Mrs. Krabappel: "Embiggens"? I never heard that word before moving to Springfield.
Ms. Hoover: I don't know why; it's a perfectly cromulent word.
Principal Skinner: He's embiggened that role with his cromulent performance.
2005 August 27, MC Frontalot (music), “Nerdcore Rising”, in Nerdcore Rising:
- We consider the possibleness of this not overstated.
And I know that "possibleness" is not a cromulent word;
every syllable injected is intended to be the one you heard
(an absurd juxtaposition of mission and goal).
2006 April 10, “Obituaries and In Memoriams: Benjamin Sidney Linton”, in Charlotte Observer:
- He had a boundless passion for music and entertained many with his beautiful voice and perfectly cromulent sense of humor.
2007 October 26, Polansky, Alan M., Observed Confidence Levels, Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall, ISBN 9781584888024, OL 12313827M, page 216:
- There are certainly other cromulent techniques which may perform well for certain models and assumptions.
2008, Karp, David A., Windows Vista Annoyances, Sebastopol: O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596527624, OL 10781059M, page 505:
- Of course, you may encounter a new program that doesn't work reliably with UNC paths, and this is a perfectly cromulent workaround.
2009 May 15, O'Sullivan, Bryan; Stewart, Don; Goerzen, John, Real World Haskell, Sebastopol: O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596514983, OL 22647856M, page 86:
- How well does this function work? For positive integers, it's perfectly cromulent.